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  1. added 2020-04-29
    Interpretationism and Judgement-Dependence.Ali Hossein Khani - forthcoming - Synthese:1-21.
    According to Wright’s Judgement-Dependent account of intention, facts about a subject’s intentions can be taken to be constituted by facts about the subject’s best opinions about them formed under certain optimal conditions. This paper aims to defend this account against three main objections which have been made to it by Boghossian, Miller and implicitly by Wright himself. It will be argued that Miller’s objection is implausible because it fails to take into account the partial-determination claim in this account. Boghossian’s objection (...)
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    Metaphor in Analytic Philosophy and Cognitive Science.Jakub Mácha - 2019 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 75 (4):2247-2286.
    This article surveys theories of metaphor in analytic philosophy and cognitive science. In particular, it focuses on contemporary semantic, pragmatic and non-cognitivist theories of linguistic metaphor and on the Conceptual Metaphor Theory advanced by George Lakoff and his school. Special attention is given to the mechanisms that are shared by nearly all these approaches, i.e. mechanisms of interaction and mapping between conceptual domains. Finally, the article discusses several recent attempts to combine these theories of linguistic and conceptual metaphor into a (...)
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    Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality.G. Kemp - 2005 - Mind 114 (453):154-159.
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    ¿Empirismo sin dogmas?David Villena Saldaña - 2006 - Solar 2 (2):51-71.
    This papers assesses the possibility of an empiricism without dogmas. It advances an argument against Quine's conceptions regarding philosophy of language and tries to expand the Davidsonian semantic and epistemic program.
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    Davidson on Turing: Rationality Misunderstood?John-Michael Kuczynski - 2005 - Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 9 (1-2):111-124.
    Alan Turing advocated a kind of functionalism: A machine M is a thinker provided that it responds in certain ways to certain inputs. Davidson argues that Turing’s functionalism is inconsistent with a cer-tain kind of epistemic externalism, and is therefore false. In Davidson’s view, concepts consist of causal liasons of a certain kind between subject and object. Turing’s machine doesn’t have the right kinds of causal li-asons to its environment. Therefore it doesn’t have concepts. Therefore it doesn’t think. I argue (...)
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    Incommensurability, Translation and Understanding.Howard Sankey - 1991 - Philosophical Quarterly 41 (165):414-426.
    This paper addresses the issue of how it is possible to understand the language of an incommensurable theory. The aim is to defend the idea of translation failure against the objection that it incoherently precludes understanding.
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    Translation Failure Between Theories.Howard Sankey - 1991 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 22 (2):223-236.
    This paper considers the issue of translation failure between theories from the perspective of a modified causal theory of reference. It is argued that translation failure between theories is in fact a consequence of such a modified causal theory of reference. The paper attempts to show what is right about the incommensurability thesis from the perspective of such a theory of reference. Since relations of co-reference may obtain between theories in the absence of translation, incomparability of content does not follow (...)
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    In Defence of Untranslatability.Howard Sankey - 1990 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 68 (1):1 – 21.
    This paper addresses criticisms of the concept of untranslatability which Davidson and Putnam have raised against the incommensurability thesis.
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  9. added 2019-06-06
    Was Davidson's Project a Carnapian Explication of Meaning?Kirk Ludwig - 2015 - Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 3 (4):1-55.
    There are two main interpretive positions on Davidson’s project in the theory of meaning. The Replacement Theory holds that Davidson aimed to replace the theory of meaning with the theory of truth on the grounds that meaning is too unclear a notion for systematic theorizing. The Traditional Pursuit Theory, in contrast, holds that Davidson aimed to pursue the traditional project with a clever bit of indirection, exploiting the recursive structure of a truth theory to reveal compositional semantic structure and placing (...)
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    Peirce Versus Davidson on Metaphorical Meaning. Wilson - 2011 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 47 (2):117.
    That a distinction can be drawn between the literal meaning of a metaphorical expression and its metaphorical meaning is assumed by a number of philosophical theories of metaphor, such as so-called comparison theories. These views descend from Aristotle and typically regard the metaphorical meaning of a metaphorical expression to be the literal meaning of a corresponding simile.1 “Man is a lion” literally means something that is clearly false, while “Man is a lion” metaphorically means something that may be true—man is (...)
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    Actions, Reasons, and Intentions: Overcoming Davidson’s Ontological Prejudice.John Michael McGuire - 2007 - Dialogue 46 (3):459-479.
    ABSTRACT This article defends the idea that causal relations between reasons and actions are wholly irrelevant to the explanatory efficacy of reason-explanations. The analysis of reason-explanations provided in this article shows that the so-called “problem of explanatory force” is solved, not by putative causal relations between the reasons for which agents act and their actions, but rather by the intentions that agents necessarily have when they act for a reason. Additionally, the article provides a critique of the principal source of (...)
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    Extending Triangulation: Comments on Delilah Caldwell's "The Shared Value Thesis".Dave Beisecker - 2006 - Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (2):87-90.
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    Truth and Predication. [REVIEW]Martin Montminy - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (4):774-777.
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    A Less Radical Interpretation of Davidson and Quine.Robert Sinclair - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (1):107-124.
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    Observaciones sobre la verdad: de Davidson a Wittgenstein. Remarks on truth. From Davidson to Wittgenstein.Pedro Rojas Parada - 2006 - Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 39 (1):29-51.
    Davidson declara que nunca podemos saber cuáles de nuestras creencias son verdaderas. Este artículo analiza y critica las razones y presupuestos de esta afirmación; y defiende una posición alternativa, inspirada en Wittgenstein, que no incurre en los inconvenientes de los que adolece la postura de Davidson. Davidson claims that we will never be able to tell which of our beliefs are true. This paper aims at analysing and criticizing the reasons and assumptions underlying this claim; also tries to underpin an (...)
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    Davidson’s Fear of the Subjective.Maura Tumulty - 2006 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (3):509-532.
    According to Donald Davidson, any philosophy of mind that appeals to propositional content is doomed to become an account of the mind as a private theater. But Davidson’s own work on thought-attribution can be used to make propositional content safe. This paper uses Davidson’s negative reaction to Gareth Evans’s works on perceptually based demonstrative thought to tease out a way of talking about propositional content that doesn’t slide into subjectivism. It also explains why Davidson saw Evans as a mentalist enemy (...)
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    Gullible Yet Intelligible.Daniel O'Brien - 2006 - Abstracta 3 (1):46-73.
    In this paper I describe the imaginary community of Gullible. Gulliblians are led by moral pressures to believe whatever they are told and, in the scenario that I sketch, this leads to them having widespread contradictory beliefs. This community is nevertheless intelligible to us given what we know about their situation and their moral code. Davidson, however, holds there to be what I call a logicist constraint on interpretation: thinkers can only be interpreted if a good proportion of their beliefs (...)
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    Esquemas y Rudimentos.Manuel Hernández Iglesias - 2004 - Ideas Y Valores 53 (125):99-112.
    In this paper the Davidsonian principle of translatability according towhich it is not possible to have languages not mutually intertranslatable isdiscussed and revised. The discussion is addressed to show that thisprinciple is incompatible with the explanation on the acquisition andevolution of lan..
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    Speaker Meaning and Davidson on Metaphor: A Reply to McGuire.Robert J. Stainton - 2003 - Dialogue 42 (2):345-354.
    John Michael McGuire presents a dilemma for Donald Davidson’s denial of metaphorical content in the latter’s “What Metaphors Mean”. Probably, says McGuire, Davidson has simply overlooked the possibility that speakers mean propositions when they speak metaphorically. If so, all Davidson is saying is that expressions do not have additional metaphorical meanings. This is so obvious as to make Davidson’s paper “insignificant”. Besides which, McGuire continues, if Davidson intended to deny that speakers mean propositions in speaking metaphorically, his view is “obviously (...)
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    Triangulation, Objectivity and the Ambiguity Problem.Martin Montminy - 2003 - Critica 35 (105):25-48.
    Davidson claims that a creature that has spent its entire life in isolation cannot have thoughts. His two reasons for this claim are that interaction with another creature is required to locate the cause of the creature's responses, and that linguistic communication is necessary to acquire the concept of objective truth, which is itself required in order to have thoughts. I argue that, at best, these two reasons imply that in order to have thoughts a creature must be capable of (...)
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    Davidson and Derrida on Intentions.Timothy Nulty - 2003 - Symposium 7 (2):159-171.
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    In Memoriam: Donald Herbert Davidson.Jean-David Lafrance - 2003 - Phares 4 (2).
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    On an “Unintelligible” Idea: Donald Davidson’s Case Against Experiential Foundationalism.Daniel Howard-Snyder - 2002 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 40 (4):523-555.
    Donald Davidson’s epistemology is predicated on, among other things, the rejection of Experiential Foundationalism, which he calls ‘unintelligible’. In this essay, I assess Davidson’s arguments for this conclusion. I conclude that each of them fails on the basis of reasons that foundationalists and antifoundationalists alike can, and should, accept.
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    Metaphor and Davidson’s Theory of Interpretation.Jay Allman - 2001 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 39 (1):1-22.
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    Davidson, Irrationality, and Ethics.Basil Smith - 2001 - Philosophy Today 45 (3):242-253.
    In this paper I outline Donald Davidson’s account of two forms of irrationality, akrasia and self-deception, and relate this account to ethical action and belief. His view of irrationality is generally a Freudian one, to the effect that agents must compartmentalize both offending particular mental contents, and governing second order principles. Davidson also hints that his account of akrasia and self-deception might show certain normative and meta-ethical theories to be irrational, insofar as they too engender irrationality. I explore these hints, (...)
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    Triangulation: Davidson, Realism and Natural Kinds.William Child - 2001 - Dialectica 55 (1):29-50.
    Is there a plausible middle position in the debate between realists and constructivists about categories or kinds? Such a position may seem to be contained in the account of triangulation that Donald Davidson develops in recent writings. On this account, the kinds we pick out are determined by an interaction between our shared similarity responses and causal relations between us and things in our environment. So kinds and categories are neither imposed on us by the nature of the world, nor (...)
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    Davidson’s “Problem” with Explanatory Force?Deborah Soles & Jeff Herschfield - 2000 - Southwest Philosophy Review 16 (1):91-100.
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    Locating Interpretation: The Topography of Understanding in Heidegger and Davidson.Jeff Malpas - 1999 - Philosophical Topics 27 (2):129-148.
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    The Emergence of Thought.Donald Davidson - 1999 - Erkenntnis 51 (1):511-521.
    A phenomenon “emerges” when a concept is instantiated for the first time: hence emergence is relative to a set of concepts. Propositional thought and language emerge together. It is proposed that the degree of complexity of an object language relative to a given metalanguage can be gauged by the number of ways it can be translated into that metalanguage: in analogy with other forms of measurement, the more ways the object language can be translated into the metalanguage, the less powerful (...)
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    The Constitutive Ideal of Rationality: Davidson and Sellars.John McDowell - 1998 - Critica 30 (88):29-48.
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    Davidson Between Wittgenstein and Tarski.Richard Rorty - 1998 - Critica 30 (88):49-71.
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    Complementary Conceptual Schemes: The Objective Metaphysics of Complementarity.Constantin Antonopoulos - 1997 - Idealistic Studies 27 (1/2):23-46.
    The generalization of Complementarity has been an ambition and a challenge to many a Bohrian scholar or quantum philosopher, and to Bohr himself above all others besides. A very recent attempt by Professor Gonzalo Munevar, proposing an extension of CTY to alternative conceptual schemes, re-opens this issue and seeks to place it within the context of modern day Relativism on the grounds that conceptual schemes belonging to different cultural groups or even different biological species are neither reducible to one another, (...)
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    Davidson Et la Philosophie du Langage Pascal Engel Collection «L'interrogation Philosophique» Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1994, Xx, 357 P. [REVIEW]Daniel Laurier - 1996 - Dialogue 35 (2):402-406.
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    Pascal Engel , Lire Davidson. Interprétation et holisme, Paris, Éditions de l’Éclat, 1994, 234 p.Richard Vallée - 1996 - Philosophiques 23 (2):464-467.
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    Is Davidson’s Theory of Action Consistent?Robert Murray - 1995 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (3):317-334.
    According to a familiar objection to Davidson's causal theory of action, reasons are not causes qua reasons unless explanations of actions fit reason and action into a nomic nexus. The focus of this criticism should really be redirected to the issue of whether or not Davidson's theory provides an account of the explanatory force of explanations of actions.
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    Donald Davidson, Actions et événements, traduit de l’américain par Pascal Engel, Paris, PUF , 1993, 402 p. Donald Davidson, Enquêtes sur la vérité et l’interprétation, traduit de l’américain par Pascal Engel, Nîmes, Éditions Jacqueline Chambon, Collection dirigée par Claudine Tiercelin, 1993, 415 p. [REVIEW]Michel Seymour - 1995 - Philosophiques 22 (2):532-540.
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    Interpreting Davidson’s Omniscient Interpreter.Richard N. Manning - 1995 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (3):335-374.
    Donald Davidson infamously claims that belief is in its nature veridical, and that skepticism is for this reason fundamentally incoherent. To those who take the issue of external world skepticism seriously, Davidson's arguments may seem to involve a conjuring trick. In particular, his invocation of an ‘omniscient interpreter’, whose intelligibility supposedly ensures that our beliefs must be largely true, has the air of incense and lantern-rubbing about it. Davidson's claim has received considerable critical response in the literature, almost all of (...)
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    Seeing Metaphor as Seeing‐As: Remarks on Davidson's Positive View of Metaphor.Lynne Tirrell - 1991 - Philosophical Investigations 14 (2):143-154.
    Davidson suggests that metaphor is a pragmatic (not a semantic) phenomenon; on his view, metaphor is a perlocutionary effect prompts its audience to see one thing as another. Davidson rightly attacks speaker-intentionalism as the source of metaphorical meaning, but settles for an account that depends on audience intentions. A better approach would undermine intentionalism per se, replacing it with a social practice analysis based on patterns of extending the metaphor. This paper shows why Davidson’s perceptual model fails to stave off (...)
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    Heidegger and Davidson.Mark Okrent - 1990 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 28 (Supplement):75-81.
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    Impredicative Identity Criteria and Davidson's Criterion of Event Identity.E. J. Lowe - 1989 - Analysis 49 (4):178-181.
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    Davidson on Mind and Substance.Denis F. Sullivan - 1987 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 61:172.
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    Davidson and Sellars on Persons and Science.John Tietz - 1980 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 18 (2):237-249.
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    Comments on Donald Davidson's Paper “Radical Interpretation”.Erik Stenius - 1976 - Dialectica 30 (1):35-60.
    Formulating my comments I have had difficulties of three kinds. First, I am not at all sure that I have understood Davidson correctly at every point. Secondly, not being aware of how far I may take for granted that Davidson and I share what may be called the same background ...
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    Words and Objections: Essays on the Works of W.V.O. Quine.B. A. Brody - 1971 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 2 (2):167-175.
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    Essays on Actions and Events.Donald Davidson - 1970 - Clarendon Press.
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    Actions, Reasons, and Causes.Donald Davidson - 1963 - Journal of Philosophy 60 (23):685.
    What is the relation between a reason and an action when the reason explains the action by giving the agent's reason for doing what he did? We may call such explanations rationalizations, and say that the reason rationalizes the action. In this paper I want to defend the ancient - and common-sense - position that rationalization is a species of ordinary causal explanation. The defense no doubt requires some redeployment, but not more or less complete abandonment of the position, as (...)
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    Davison on Skepticism: How Not to Respond to the Skeptic.Otávio Bueno - 2005 - Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 9 (1-2):1-18.
    In his defense of a coherence theory of truth and knowledge, Donald Davidson insists that we must take the objects of a belief to be the causes of that belief, and given the nature of beliefs, most of our be-liefs are veridical. As result, a response to skepticism is provided. If most of our beliefs turn out to be true, global skepticism is ultimately incoher-ent. In this paper, I argue that, despite the many attractions that a co-herence theory has, a (...)
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    Davidson's Criticism of the Proximal Theory of Meaning.Dirk Greimann - 2005 - Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 9 (1-2):73-86.
    According to the proximal theory of meaning, which is to be found in Quine’s early writings, meaning is determined completely by the correla-tion of sentences with sensory stimulations. Davidson tried to show that this theory is untenable because it leads to a radical form of skepticism. The present paper aims to show, first, that Davidson’s criticism is not sound, and, second, that nonetheless the proximal theory is untenable because it has a very similar and equally unacceptable consequence: it implies that (...)
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    From Radical Translation to Radical Interpretation and Back.António Zilhão - 2003 - Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 7 (1-2):229-249.
    Both Quine and Davidson put forth programs of empirical semantics satisfying the conditions that characterize the so-called “standpoint of interpretation.” Quine’s less ambitious program of radical translation rests upon two buttresses: causality and empathy. Davidson’s more ambitious program of radical interpretation replaces causality with truth and empathy with rationality. Although the replacement of causality with intersubjective truth seems to me to be a fully justified move, I nevertheless contend that it is more realistic to develop the work of interpretation drawing (...)
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    On Donald Davidson’s Philosophy.Gerhard Preyer & Michael Roth - 1998 - ProtoSociology 11:6-17.
    Donald Davidson's unified theory of language and action can be understood as a continuation of the traditional analytic approach within philosophy of language and action. In the following we give an outline of some of the main themes of his philosophy centered around his core theory of radical interpretation. His theory of rationality, his thesis of the anomalousness of the mental, and the externalist approach in his model of triangulation all follow in a systematic way from RI. Yet, Davidson's philosophy (...)
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